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Our Genealogy Helper for Otley ...

We have a couple of goals for our Gazetteer:

  • That it be a tool that can help us with planning our trips.
  • That it also helps us to understand the community in which our ancestors lived, the community that was part of their daily lives.

By learning about Otley (and the surrounding area) during the time that our ancestors lived, we hope to have a better understanding of both their community and its relationship to their lifes. We hope that this tool helps to give us an insight into their world.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Otley. While we don't have information that is specific to any given person or family, we intend to expand our understanding about where and how people lived.

It's still very early in our research, but as we gather more information it will be added to this page.

Neighboring Counties ...

When searching for family records, we have frequently made the mistake of not checking the neighboring counties.

For example, we have great-grandparents who lived in the northwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors and hospitals were in the next county to the west. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the north.

So when searching for records, we had our best success by looking in neighboring counties instead of the county in which they lived:  their home county contained property and probate records; the county to the west contained birth and death records; the county to the north contained their burial records. If we hadn't included the neighboring counties, we would have missed many valuable sources of information.

If you're in a similar situation, we hope that the following information helps.

Otley is located in Marion County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Marion County: Jasper, Lucas, Mahaska, Monroe, Polk, Poweshiek & Warren.

Below are the counties that are near Otley. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Otley:

Marion     (The home county for Otley)
  Pella   [Map]     SE   7 miles [11.3 km]<1>
  Knoxville   [Map]     S   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Harvey   [Map]     SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Pershing   [Map]     S   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Pleasantville   [Map]     SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Swan   [Map]     W   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Tracy   [Map]     SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Attica   [Map]     S   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Indiana   [Map]     S   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Marysville   [Map]     S   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Bussey   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Melcher-Dallas   [Map]     SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Columbia   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Liberty   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Monroe   [Map]     NW   5 miles [8 km]
  Reasnor   [Map]     N   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Galesburg   [Map]     NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Killduff   [Map]     NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Sully   [Map]     NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Prairie City   [Map]     NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Metz   [Map]     N   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Vandalia   [Map]     W   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Lynnville   [Map]     NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Lambs Grove   [Map]     N   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Newton   [Map]     N   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Kellogg   [Map]     N   18 miles [29 km]
  Colfax   [Map]     NW   18 miles [29 km]
  Gibson   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  What Cheer   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Thornburg   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Delta   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Williamson   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Chariton   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Russell   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Lucas   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Bevington   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Peoria   [Map]     E   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Olivet   [Map]     SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Taintor   [Map]     E   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Leighton   [Map]     SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Fishville   [Map]     SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  New Sharon   [Map]     E   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Evans   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Lacey   [Map]     E   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Beacon   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Oskaloosa   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
  Union Mills   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Lakonta   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  University Park   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Laurel   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Gilman   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Rhodes   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Ferguson   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Haverhill   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Melbourne   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Dunbar   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  State Center   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  LaMoille   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Le Grand   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Marshalltown   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Lovilia   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Albia   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Melrose   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Runnells   [Map]     W   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Mitchellville   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Pleasant Hill   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Altoona   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Bondurant   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Country Estate Village   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Berwick   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Des Moines   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Elkhart   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Ankeny   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Saylorville   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Windsor Heights   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Alleman   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Searsboro   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  Grinnell   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Montezuma   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Malcom   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Sheridan   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Deep River   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Brooklyn   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Guernsey   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Collins   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Maxwell   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Iowa Center   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Cambridge   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Colo   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Montour   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Eddyville   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Kirkville   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Chillicothe   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Blakesburg   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Hartford   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Sandyville   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Palmyra   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Ackworth   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Carlisle   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Milo   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Lacona   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Indianola   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Liberty Center   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Spring Hill   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Lakewood   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Norwalk   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Martensdale   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]

For an expanded list of the communities that are closest to Otley, see our County-by-County Page for Otley.

Cemeteries Near Otley ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Otley.

This is a new section and is likely to have errors. If you find an error, such as a missing cemetery or we have the wrong name, please let us know. If you know of them, we would also appreciate learning about previous or alternate names.

If you click on the [Map] that follows each cemetery's name, a Google map will open showing a satellite view of the area where the cemetery is located. We have tried to place the cemetery in the center of the map, but we're still working on our data and the map might not not be centered properly. If you don't see the cemetery right away, try zooming-in. Usually, but not always, you can see the outline of the cemetery or some of the headstones.

If you need information about a burial or interment, photos, transcripts, how to contact the cemetery or local authorities, please visit our selection of Genealogy Websites (see below).

If not found below, our Cemetery List for Otley covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WSW Gibbons Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Price Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Burkhalter Cemetery   [Map]     
  S West Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Pendroy Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hannold Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Mikesell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Kleins Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNE Fairview Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NW Gifford Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Red Rock Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Ruckman Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Teter Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Coal Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Coal Ridge Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Virerson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Seay Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Monroe Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  S Monster Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE T'lam Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Oak Wood Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Graceland Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE St. Marys Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Dunreath Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Rees Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Coffman Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Timber Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Sand Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Dearinger Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Ritter - Worth Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Burch Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Schirey Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Wren Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Asbury Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Parsons Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE St. Andrews Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Dowler Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  ENE Chase Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Dairygrove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hewitt Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hughes Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Shire Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Watkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Graceland Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Schlotterback Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Competine Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Bybee Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Eureka Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Black Oak Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Griffis Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WNW Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Otley ...

An ongoing effort between the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has resulted in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

To share their results, the partnership has created the Chronicling America website. The goal of this partnership is to assemble a database about the current and historic newspapers of the United States. This includes a growing collection of scanned images from selected papers. All of it available to the public on their website.

Using information that we've taken from the Chronicling America website, we've identified 94 newspapers that have been published in the area around Otley.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Otley, there are papers which were published within 29 miles [46.7 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Otley.

Nearby Communities in 1895 ...

We've built the following list with information that came from an Atlas published by Rand McNally in 1895. The Atlas had details such as the population of the community (which appears to have come from the 1890 Census) and whether there was a post office and/or railroad service available. We also indicate if the community no longer exists and is now historic.<3>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Otley had a population of 271 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service.

These communities are listed based on their distance from Otley, with the one closest to Otley listed first.

Cordova   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Otley
 - Cordova had a post office and railroad service
Monroe   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Otley
 - 1895 population of 952 people (with 1,874 people in 2018)
 - Monroe had a post office and railroad service
Howell - Historic   [Map]
 - While Howell was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Otley
 - Howell had railroad service and no post office
Pella   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Otley
 - 1895 population of 2,408 people (with 10,335 people in 2018)
 - Pella had railroad service and no post office
Galesburg   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Otley
 - 1895 population of 289 people
 - Galesburg had a post office and no railroad service
Reasnor   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North (N) from Otley
 - 1895 population of 128 people (with 155 people in 2018)
 - Reasnor had a post office and railroad service
Flagler   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South (S) from Otley
 - 1895 population of 48 people
 - Flagler had a post office and railroad service
Knoxville   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Otley
 - 1895 population of 2,632 people (with 7,204 people in 2018)
 - Knoxville had a post office and railroad service

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Otley. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Otley in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These professional and volunteer websites offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - although it should be mentioned that they might link to other websites which do charge.

To help you get started, the following links will take you to the pages that are relevant to Otley:

These websites are specific to Iowa:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Website for the //

Not to be confused with the official state website, we've found the Digital State Archives website for the State of Iowa to be a good source for additional links.

These pages are specific to Marion County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Clarke County:     Cyndi's



Jasper County:     Cyndi's



Keokuk County:     Cyndi's



Lucas County:     Cyndi's



Madison County:     Cyndi's



Mahaska County:     Cyndi's



Marshall County:     Cyndi's



Monroe County:     Cyndi's



Polk County:     Cyndi's



Poweshiek County:     Cyndi's



Story County:     Cyndi's



Tama County:     Cyndi's



Wapello County:     Cyndi's



Warren County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Iowa:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Iowa,
Cemeteries of Marion County
Cemetery Junction:   Directory for Iowa   Cemetery Wiki for Iowa
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page   Cemeteries for Iowa

Of Special Interest ...

The GenDisasters website specializes in newspaper articles about tragedies and disasters. While it makes interesting reading all by itself, it should be of special interest to genealogists and family historians looking for people who were either affected by or directly involved in such tragedies.

Disaster Stories from Iowa

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Otley ...

While our initial data about Otley came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Otley in old books and maps. When we do, we'll find a fact here or a snippet there. We've created the following list to keep track of the documents we found useful in adding to our knowledge about Otley.

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide

Published by Rand McNally & Co.
(Document found on Google Books)

Notes for Otley:

  • Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office

Sixth Biennial Report of the State Mine Inspectors, Two Years Ending June 30, 1893

Published as a Legislative Document: The Twenty-Fifth General Assembly of the State of Iowa - Vol. 4

Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Otley. See our Misc Page for Otley for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Iowa

About Marion County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Otley. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for State of Iowa:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Otley) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Otley. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Otley

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Otley. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.4641, Longitude: -93.0350     [Map].

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<2>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website:

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<3>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Otley, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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